Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

Free agent TE Jermichael Finley visited the Patriots.

New England was Finley's "mystery" visit on Friday. Recovering from neck surgery, Finley has received clearance from at least one doctor, but could still fail many teams' physicals. If cleared, he'd be a worthy flier for a Patriots team that got caught short at tight end last season.

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Profootballtalk.com reports the Seahawks have dropped out of the running to sign free agent Jermichael Finley.

There are no details on why Seattle dropped out, but to this point they were his lone known visit of free agency. Per PFT, "other interested teams are believed to be the Packers and Giants," and Finley met with an unknown club on Friday. We suspect Finley will end up with the G-Men, Pack, or Patriots, assuming his neck checks out. Finley's agent recently claimed he is medically cleared.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

NFL teams can sign free agents without it working against them in the compensatory draft-pick process beginning today.

It's June 1, in case you hadn't checked your calendar. Compensatory picks are awarded based on a loss-gain formula in free agency. The biggest obstacle for Jermichael Finley (neck) to get signed is inarguably his health, but it's possible teams will be more willing to entertain adding him now that he won't cost them a chance at a 2015 compensatory pick. Dustin Keller is also available.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

Free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) "could be on the Patriots' radar."

Finley is meeting with an unnamed team on Friday, which Patriots.com's writer Isaac Moore believes "sounds a lot like something Bill Belichick would ask." New England has yet to fill the move tight end role in their offense, with D.J. Williams currently getting the majority of snaps there during OTAs. Finley was cleared by an independent doctor earlier this week. The Packers are also showing interest in bringing him back.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants have "at least reached out" to free agent Jermichael Finley.

The sides have not scheduled a visit, however. Speaking Thursday, Finley's agent said his client had been fully cleared from his neck injury, but we'd expect prospective employers to have a higher threshold for "full" clearance. Finley doesn't appear to be on the verge of signing a contract.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

Free agent Jermichael Finley's (neck surgery) agent, Blake Baratz, told Profootballtalk that Dr. Joseph Maroon has given the tight end full medical clearance.

Maroon, the Steelers' team neurosurgeon, is the one who operated on Finley after his injury last season. While this is good news, it's just one doctor's opinion. Finley has previously visited the Seahawks and Dolphins over the offseason, and Seattle failed him on his physical. The Packers are also said to be interested in re-signing Finley after they didn't do much to upgrade the position in free agency or the draft. Green Bay is ultra-conservative when it comes to giving clearance to players who have suffered serious neck injures. See: Collins, Nick. Baratz says Finley has a visit lined up on Friday with a team he refused to name.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) will not undergo medical testing when he meets with the Packers medical staff Wednesday.

Finley reportedly had previous plans to travel to Green Bay with his family, and will check in with the team doctors because he has not seen them recently. Demovsky's source stresses that this is not a sign he's on the verge of gaining clearance or signing a contract. It looks like the status of Finley's neck will remain murky past this afternoon.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

The Packers' medical staff will be the ones testing free agent Jermichael Finley's neck Wednesday.

It suggests Finley's desire is to re-sign with the Packers and the team has interest as well. Otherwise, he'd get examined by an organization that didn't have such a conservative medical reputation. The Packers depth chart at tight end currently reads 1)Andrew Quarless 2)Brandon Bostick 3)Richard Rodgers.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports free agent Jermichael Finley will undergo testing on his surgically-repaired neck Wednesday.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported Saturday that there had been "no change" to Finley's status, but perhaps there will be Wednesday. Finley recently said he had received "awesome news," and was ready for a "major comeback." The longer Finley goes without gaining full clearance, the more leery teams may be of signing him.

Jermichael Finley TE GB 2 Months

ESPN's Rob Demovsky confirms there's been "no change" to Jermichael Finley's medical status.

Finley said earlier this week he received "awesome news" and was preparing for a "major comeback," but has still yet to gain medical clearance. Green Bay currently has Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, third-round pick Richard Rodgers, and UDFA Colt Lyerla as options at tight end. If Finley is eventually cleared to resume his career, the Packers remain his best landing spot.